My Favorite NYC Fabric & Trim Stores

M & J Trimming
1008 Sixth Avenue
Between 37th & 38th Sts
212-391-6200
This place is true eye candy for the sewer/crafter. You won’t the best prices in the garment district, but you will find a huge, well organized selection.

Daytona Trimming
251 West 39th Street
(212) 354-1713,
Great selection of trims at great prices. Also carries some patterns and yarn.

Mood Fabrics
225 W 37th St, 3rd floor
212.730.5003
By far my favorite fabric store in NYC. Wonderful selection, helpful staff and the prices aren’t bad (but they’re not rock bottom either).

B&J Fabrics
525 7th Avenue (corner of 38th street)
212-354-8150
Not cheap but it is professional, organized and carries gorgeous fabrics

Tinsel Trading Co
1 West 37th Street
37th street between 5th & 6th Ave
212-730-1030
Gorgeous selection of vintage and new trims, millinery flowers & all displayed so beautifully, you may never want to leave.

Hyman Hendler
67 West 38th Street
(212) 840-8393
Gorgeous ribbon to be found under the dusty mess. But I kind of like that.

Jem Fabric Warehouse
355 Broadway
(212) 925-4488
This place is well worth the trip down to Chinatown if you want a true NYC fabric jobber experience and a good deal. It is jammed packed with all sorts of unorganized fabrics and trims. And the prices? Great (and usually negotiable). Bring cash.

But really, between 34th street and 42nd street and 9th avenue and 7th avenue is the garment district. Take an afternoon to wander and you’ll find all sorts of wonderful little jobbers and some great deals on beautiful and unique fabric and trim.

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Robert Rogoff April 12, 2011 at 5:09 pm

make sure the store you shop in has Morex Ribbons…Specialty is their Swiss Double Face Satin, Swiss Velvet, Double Velvet, Stretch Velvet, Stretch GrosGrain..Sold in many of the trim stores,, Pacific Trim, Top Trim, Daytona, Vardhman, Joyce Trim, B & Q Trim, …IF the store you are shopping in does not carry MOrex, tell them they are missing out on the finest collections of ribbons , printed and solid grosgrains, are their specialty. Robert Rogoff

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carla macklin May 15, 2011 at 7:47 am

Those are some of my favorites too! Also check out Gray Line Linens for great linens under $10 a yard. I never leave the store without a bag full.

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Heather - Dollar Store Crafts September 26, 2011 at 11:19 am

This is awesome, Carrie. :) I wish I had time to go to all those stores on my trip. Maybe next time! Maybe you’ll be with me (Blogher 2012?)

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Joanne April 11, 2013 at 10:16 am

I need about 60 yards of white double knit fabric with black stripes (think Yankees baseball uniform) .. anyone know a good place to buy bulk fabric?

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carla Reply:

try http://www.fabricmartfabrics.com. Ask for Julie.

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Melissa May 5, 2013 at 10:44 am

I am in the process of making saddle seat suits for my daughter for the upcoming show season. I live in NH and we don’t have any high end fabric store that I can seem to find a nice quality wool blend fabric. Really fell in love with the itialian wool blend. any ideas where i can shop online with a lot of suiting wool selection and also order swatches? I tried mood but not all there fabrics where available to order swatches. Thanks Melissa

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Jeanette Miranda May 8, 2013 at 7:23 pm

I am looking for a grosgrain ribbon…pink with lavender polka dots. I am creating a candy buffet and these are the colors for the party. Please let me know. Thanks.

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anne sharkey May 22, 2013 at 6:56 am

Looking for a fancy dotted swiss with wire for wedding bows

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Patti June 17, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I would like to purchase 1/2 inch crinkled silk ribbon to make wrap bracelets. This is also called fairy ribbon. I would be interested in the raw silk ribbon, with finished edges (if possible) and I would hand dye same. Also, curious to see if stores carry this ribbon already dyed. Thanks for any information you can supply.

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Beth June 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I’m looking for oilcloth. Can you suggest where in NYC I can find it retail by the yard? Thanks.

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Tricia Reply:

I am looking for oilcloth also. Do you know where I can find a good/decent selection? I want to make a nice tablecloth.”

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Libby Kanth September 11, 2013 at 10:03 am

Not shown on the website yet, but you can find it us on facebook…Fleur de Leigh. We are a small furniture strore, but we have hand stitched crewel that is just gorgeous and impossible to find.

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Val September 18, 2013 at 1:02 pm

http://www.mokubany.com/ Mokuba is expensive but they have an excellent supply of different types of ribbons.

New York Elegant Fabrics, 222 West 40th, has an excellent selection of fabrics, plus a student’s discount.

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jenifer burns October 17, 2013 at 7:08 am

Hi! I make clothing for a doll called a BJD (see my site). I usually buy clothing in tiny printed knits and cut them up. Its been my best and cheapest resource so far. I’m going into the city on Saturday with a friend and wondering if you know of any stores in particular that would have this in yardage. Mainly cutesy kid kind of stuff. Thanks!

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Jennifer Garland October 18, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Looking forward to visit some or probably all of these shops to see for myself the cool stuffs they offer. I really enjoy visiting fabric shops since most shops are well designed and usually I found new interesting stuffs.

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G. Allyn November 16, 2013 at 10:21 am

I have looked at 3 places for a Darice Christmas ribbon, 2.5″ wide x 25 feet per roll. The local craft store (Pat Catans) buys the ribbon as ends of rolls and the boxes they receive are all different from store to store. The ribbon is a faux red velvet with a printed gold scroll pattern which looks a bit like leaves.

The ribbon was only 2.50 and similar ribbon online is running about 38.00 a roll, so you can see why I would like to find the ribbon for a deal.

Thanks to anyone who may have a suggestion.

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What happened to PARON FABRICS since 1940

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Marcella January 3, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Happy New Year!
Does anyone know where I might find a white trim of about 3″-4″ in length oak leaves? Leaves strung together or loose.
Any leads would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers!
Marcella in Pacifica

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Daniela March 22, 2014 at 6:31 am

Hallo! I’m in New York for few days. Today i will visit all your favorite shops! Thank you!
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Selena August 2, 2014 at 6:08 am

Hi. Love all the info provided. I’ve been to mood and love it myself.
I am hoping for my next project you can point me on the right direction. I want to make a crib/nursery bedding set. Looking of some fabrics to use that might work for this project. Any suggestions?

Thanks!

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Gwendolyn August 8, 2014 at 3:58 pm

I am looking for a good deal on fabric to make draperies for my home. Any suggestions? Thank you very much.

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